Trinidad & Tobago supports one of the largest populations of nesting leatherback sea turtles. In many of the local communities there are more turtles nesting on the beaches than there are human inhabitants.
All five (5) species of these have been sighted in T&T, mostly leatherbacks on the nesting beaches, and mostly hawksbill and greens in the water. Loggerheads and olive ridleys are rarely reported on both land and sea.
In Trinidad, more and more people are visiting these communities to take part in nature tours and observe the sea turtles in their natural environment. In Tobago however, this is not yet the case.
BHP Billiton is the founding private sector sponsor of Turtle Village Trust. Together with community groups, the Trust works to deliver sustainable development of local communities along with the conservation of natural resources within the communities.